Trains to run flat out on new commuter rail line between Menifee and Riverside

PERRIS  – Trains will be running today and tomorrow — sans riders — on Metrolink’s new commuter rail line between Riverside and Menifee, traveling at top speed as officials continue safety tests before opening the
line to the public.
The 24-mile Perris Valley Line was completed in September, and since then, engineers have been conducting low-speed tests with unoccupied commuter trains on the passage, which stretches from east Riverside to the northern edge of Menifee via a corridor that parallels Interstate 215.
Riverside County Transportation Commission spokeswoman Eliza Echevarria told City News Service that the tests planned today and Sunday will be full-speed, with trains accelerating to 79 mph in some places.
Echevarria said the line will officially open to the public before the end of March. There had been plans to open the route in January, but officials felt additional speed tests were necessary.
The $248 million PVL is Metrolink’s first commuter rail extension since the Antelope Valley Line opened in 1994, officials said.
The new extension adds four stops: Hunter Park in Riverside; near the entrance to March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley; downtown Perris; and south Perris, along the Menifee city boundary.
Construction on the line got underway in February 2014 after a seven-year environmental review and development process. There was also a legal challenge, which further delayed construction, but all issues were resolved by the end of 2013.
According to the RCTC, trains along the route will ferry an estimated 4,350 riders daily, reducing vehicular traffic on the often-congested 60 and 215 freeways.
A tentative train schedule will soon be available at

3 Responses to "Trains to run flat out on new commuter rail line between Menifee and Riverside"

  1. Vicki   February 13, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    There is no tentative schedule at the link you provided in your story that you posted.

    • Kim Harris   February 14, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Hi Vicki, The tentative schedule should be posted soon. Keep checking back. Kim Harris, Managing Editor

  2. Kenneth Mayes   February 15, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Thank you so much for this update. It was as if this project fell of the face of the earth. Its unfortunate it could not be ready for the “91 Steer Clear” weekend. This line will also provide another point of access to the hub of Los Angeles, Union Station.


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